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Canadian women's perspectives on ovarian cancer.
Cancer Prev Control. 1999 Feb; 3(1):52-60.CP

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

To describe the perspectives of Canadian women living with ovarian cancer regarding their experiences with the disease.

DESIGN

A cross-sectional survey of a convenience sample of Canadian women with ovarian cancer.

SETTING

Survey questionnaires were sent to physicians in 26 cancer programs that treat women with ovarian cancer and to ovarian cancer self-help groups for subsequent distribution to women.

PARTICIPANTS

Women diagnosed with ovarian cancer and able to read English or French.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES

A variety of individual items in the survey related to information received, communication, physical and psychosocial symptoms, impact of illness and quality of life.

RESULTS

A total of 315 women returned the survey. The average age of the respondents is 59 years. Each province and territory is represented in the sample. Over one-half of the women received a diagnosis of ovarian cancer within a month of seeking help for a concern and 85% had multiple treatment modalities. The majority of the women felt adequately informed (80%) and were satisfied with communication with their physicians (mean of 4.1 to 4.5 on a 5-point scale). A majority (62%) said that their lifestyle had changed as a result of their disease. Problems were experienced most frequently regarding side effects (58%), fear of recurrence (54%), sleeping difficulties (46%), bowel difficulties (44%), fear of dying (36%) and difficulty concentrating (32%). Many who experienced problems reported receiving inadequate help for them (16% to 49%). Quality of life was reported as significantly lower following the diagnosis and treatment of ovarian cancer (p = 0.0001).

CONCLUSION

This study provides an important foundation for further investigation. There is a pressing need for research regarding the early identification of ovarian cancer and issues of support and coping. Care for women with ovarian cancer requires the expertise of a range of disciplines and community-based agencies working collaboratively as a team.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Toronto-Sunnybrook Regional Cancer Centre, Ont. marg_fitch@cancercare.on.caNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

10474753

Citation

Fitch, M I., et al. "Canadian Women's Perspectives On Ovarian Cancer." Cancer Prevention & Control : CPC = Prevention & Controle En Cancerologie : PCC, vol. 3, no. 1, 1999, pp. 52-60.
Fitch MI, Gray RE, DePetrillo D, et al. Canadian women's perspectives on ovarian cancer. Cancer Prev Control. 1999;3(1):52-60.
Fitch, M. I., Gray, R. E., DePetrillo, D., Franssen, E., & Howell, D. (1999). Canadian women's perspectives on ovarian cancer. Cancer Prevention & Control : CPC = Prevention & Controle En Cancerologie : PCC, 3(1), 52-60.
Fitch MI, et al. Canadian Women's Perspectives On Ovarian Cancer. Cancer Prev Control. 1999;3(1):52-60. PubMed PMID: 10474753.
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